RVH is building a field hospital for the 2nd pandemic wave

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Staff at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Center in Barrie are preparing for a second wave of COVID-19.

Part of the hospital parking lot is being converted to an 8,250 square foot facility that will function as a field hospital.

The interim regional pandemic response unit will have approximately 70 patient beds.

“We know for sure that this is not over,” said RVH President and CEO Janice Skot about the pandemic. “The Regional Pandemic Response Unit will ensure that we are ready for a second wave of cases in Simcoe Muskoka and will provide insurance for a very uncertain future. “

The unit will be available for other hospitals in Simcoe County, but Skot says RVH staff are still working on logistics.

“This is a regional resource to help all of our hospital partners who may find themselves in the future lacking in overflowing capacity, and it would also be their pandemic response unit.”

The cost of the structure, as well as equipment, personnel and infrastructure, is sponsored by Health Ontario, says RVH.

The field hospital will last approximately one month and is expected to be fully operational by early June.

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